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Duchene Not Comparing Himself to Turris as Senators Prepare to Face Preds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Duchene Not Comparing Himself to Turris as Senators Prepare to Face Preds

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Duchene not comparing himself to Turris

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OTTAWA - Matt Duchene doesn't want to compare his season to Kyle Turris's, even if the two are indirectly linked together by a November trade.

Turris returns to the Canadian city Thursday night when his Nashville Predators visit the Senators. It's the first meeting between the two teams since the three-way deal with Colorado sent Turris to Nashville while bringing Duchene to Ottawa.

"We didn't really get traded for each other, it was a roundabout thing," Duchene said. "He's a tremendous player that had a great stint when he was here and a guy that we have to watch out for (Thursday) night because he's a good offensive player, so that's as far as it goes. I've never even thought about it because we didn't really get traded for each other, so that's the way I look at it.

"I know you guys are going to try and make it into this big match-up, but it's probably the furthest thing for both teams. I'm sure this game means a lot more to him than it does to me. He's playing his former team."

As part of the deal, Colorado received forward Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a 2018 first-round pick and 2019 third-round selection from Ottawa.

Duchene had two goals and three assists in his first 20 games with the Senators while Turris had four goals and 13 helpers with Nashville, playing a key role in the Predators' run for first place in the Central Division.

Duchene had joined the Senators just as they were falling into a downward spiral. Ottawa won its first two games with Duchene in the lineup -- against Colorado -- then lost seven straight and 12 of 13. …

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